Economy strikes in dramatic finish
Ruby Walsh was seen at his patient best on False Economy, who booked his ticket to the Irish National meeting in the Riverfest May 5th Hurdle at Limerick.
Wilde Wit Pleasure and Rory Anna charged towards the final flight disputing the lead, but Walsh was motionless in behind on Michael Hourigan's 3-1 favourite.
Rory Anna was removed from the equation when running through the wings, leaving Wilde Wit Pleasure in front, but Walsh only had to let out an inch of rein on False Economy for him to shoot the front, and he careered three and a quarter lengths away.
Hourigan, who went on to a double with Friendly Society (5-1) in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase, said: "He'll go for the Powers Gold Cup, that's the plan according to the weather. Ruby thought the ground might even have gone for him as he likes it quick."
Ted Walsh's filly Summer Star, a course and distance winner last month, followed up by showing a smart turn of foot in the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Champion INH Flat Race.
The 5-2 favourite was held up by Katie Walsh, who managed to steer clear when it got tight entering the closing stages of the Listed contest and zipped her mount through to beat outsider Lady Of Glencoe by two and a half lengths.
The trainer said: "She surprised me the last day and I was pleasantly surprised today again. There is a small possibility she could go for the Grade One bumper at Punchestown, but she might go for a two-mile Flat race."
Spring Heeled (6-1) got the better of Ballysteen in a battle for the Jog For Jockeys 29th July Novice Hurdle.
Since getting off the mark at Galway in October, Jim Cullotty's gelding had been found wanting behind Grade One winners Cash And Go and Boston Bob.
But with his sights lowered, he moved up to challenge Ballysteen at the last and was always going to hold on once getting his head in front, eventually crossing the line with half a length in hand.